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The National Lights is the primary song-writing project of Jacob Thomas Berns. Assisted by the arrangements Ernest Christian Kiehne Jr. (The Bland Allisons, Sonya Cotton), Jacob Thomas sets out on his full-length debut, The Dead Will Walk, Dear, to forgive the past while compounding its wrongs. Stirred by the fiction of the American Gothic, The Dead Will Walk, Dear roughly documents the passions, trials and regrets of a Midwestern murder.

The National Lights marry traditional American folk stylings - acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins and lap-steel guitars - with beautifully hushed harmonies, and lyrics that owe as much to Flannery O’Connor as to the 1980’s slasher film.

Like few of their contemporaries, the National Lights believe that simple music, unabashedly conscious lyrics and restrained vocals remain critical elements of good songwriting.


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  • glumtjup

    6 years on, this is still my no 1 record. So so good.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SmooveRascal

    WORD .

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Holy_War

    'Merica! Fuck Yeah!

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Dreamfall

    yup. unfortunately there won't be more.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • RoboChachi

    Is it time to give up all hope of there ever being another album?

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • IDoubleJI

    damn this shit is beautiful

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
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  • glumtjup

    Still my favourite album, this music is awesome!

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • chriskiehne

    FREE MUSIC! Sonya Cotton and I began recording this album immediately after we finished "THE DEAD WILL WALK, DEAR," only to lose half of it in a hard-drive crash. We finished it this year. It's about love and zombies and all that stuff "PRAY FOR DAYLIGHT" Share! Enjoy!

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • okrebecca

    of all the things to hear upstairs neighbors do at 3am having these guys play their guitars wasn't really terrible.

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ToothandNail04

    I never thought I'd love a band for how tame and unmemorable their music sounds, but that's just what makes these guys so great for me. :)

    30 Jun 2010 Reply
  • siamesewarcat

    For those of you who can't wait for another National Lights album you should check out Sonya Cotton's new album. it's fantastic.

    9 Dec 2009 Reply
  • lazyeyelids

    i actually e-mailed jacob the other day (its ont he bloodshake records website) here's the gist of it: The new record's been in a prolonged recording stage due to various conflicts with work, school, etc., etc. All the songs have been written, and I'm galvanizing the other musicians into action. There's no release date, tentative or otherwise, but there is definitely a plan to put out new songs as soon as possible.

    23 Nov 2009 Reply
  • josiahduke

    dang it, does anyone know about the next album???

    11 Nov 2009 Reply
  • lazyeyelids

    need a new album!

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • mizzmcpalmer

    Swimming in the Swamp gives me goosebumps.

    20 May 2009 Reply
  • n3k4

    i have discovered this band yesterday, and i've passed all afternoon listening to it. awesome.

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Dreamfall

    yeah i don't get why they're not bigger than this

    18 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ba-re

    favorite album 2007...kind of sad that only 2,3k listeners discovered it...

    6 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Dreamfall

    yep, i did as well.

    3 Oct 2008 Reply
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